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on 10 December 2015
A fascinating and illuminating account of the problem of Islamist radicalism in France and its former Francophone colonies in the Maghreb.

Hussey goes into great historical detail about the history of French rule and contemprary political influence in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, but it would have been far more interesting if he had explored in greater detail issues like the high number of Muslims in French jails, which may help create the febrile and dangerous atmosphere that fosters Islamism and the nihilistic identity that underpins it. Nevertheless this book is essential reading if you want to understand the situation in France.
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on 30 December 2015
This is a fabulous book. If you want to truly understand the french - arab situation in France this book is a must to read. I thought I knew the background to the internal conflicts over the years in France and Algeria but I only knew the superficial. This book is incredibly well researched and a very good writing style. please take my recommendation and read and understand the background
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on 2 December 2015
Don't think of going to France, especially Paris, without reading this book. The relationship between the indigenous French and the descendants of France's colonisation of North Africa is deeply troubled. The future of the country depends on successfully resolving this crisis. With bad faith on all sides, one would have to be quite the optimist to see a happy ending any time soon. Credit to Hussey for telling the harrowing story in a straight-forward way. This book has street cred.
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on 8 August 2015
Just as one would expect from Mr Hussey, this is a very informative easy to read book. One comment however is that grammatically there are many mistakes if one follows traditional rules, but , it seems nowadays hardly anyone follows the rules.
I was rather astonished reading it since I had no idea of what went on in France and the extent of their "problems" - a marvellous book
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on 30 October 2016
In parts overlong and over detailed but overall a truly impoverished contribution to the debate on the current state of relations between Europe and the Islamic world. The book brilliantly shows the route causes of the shockingly bad relations between France and its own Muslim citizens of North African descent. I'm not an expert in this field but I certainly feel much better informed about the factors at play in the current Islamist insurgency in France
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on 5 February 2015
Great Book, outlining with precision and clarity the origins to the current problems facing France and other European countries relating to the rise and rise of 'angry young people' who espouse the Muslim faith.
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on 17 May 2015
This I found very interesting because I knew nothing about the impact of Algeria on France. And, of course, the enormous impact of France on Algeria. It's quite sad really how the whole thing was managed. Other countries that had colonies were no better.
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on 2 July 2015
Good insight into how France's colonial past is now coming back to haunt it. The main focus is Algeria, where I lived for 4 years in the late 70s, so it was particularly interesting for me. I happened to read the section on Tunisia just before the June massacre in Sousse, which helped me put the news into context.
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on 12 August 2016
A very readable and useful account of what is going down in the banlieues of France and how this led to the riots.
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on 7 May 2018
Excellent
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